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The liberal solution to increase funds for education in Kansas.
The discussion below is keyed to a suggestion by JAFS in another thread.
Two of the biggies listed to obtain revenue for Kansas Schools are federal programs. Let us assume we do as you suggest.
As you suggested we cut Defense let us say by 50%. They close Riley, Leavenworth and maybe McConnell because with half the forces we do not need the base structure to house what we do not have. All the civilian jobs associated with those facilities are lost. The government payroll is lost so many small businesses lay people off (or go out of business). Since we do not need weapons for our total defensive forces, many of the aircraft programs are cancelled and the payroll in Sedgwick suffers. Net gain - minus a lot. Kansas loses jobs, we have to pay for unemployment and we lose the tax revenue. Since the federal budget is about a trillion over income we see no gains from the feds. All that sure helps Kansas pay for more schools.
As you suggested , we means test social security right now. All kinds of seniors in Kansas see significant loses in income. They tighten their belts. Sales tax, property tax and income tax revenue decline. Since social security is broke, there is no drop in federal taxes, as we have to pay for those still on the program. Relationships between seniors and the Me generation fall out the bottom. Few seniors trust government again. The Tea Party gains big!
Got some other ideas or do we go with my question on tax increases here in Kansas. We did sales tax and property taxes so I guess we can do income taxes. We would have to go after more than Mr. Koch, so a whole bunch of people will have less income that they do not spend and we have less state revenue so we have to raise taxes more to cover what we lost. At some point the taxpayers revolt (they probably did already with the election of Mr. Brownback) and well – you get the drift.
50% tax on an income at $100K earned by two people just may be all we are going to get. Maybe we need to rethink how we are spending what we are already spending on education. I might point out that my calculations suggest we have significantly increased educational spending beyond inflation since my days in the classroom. If it was suitable for me, why is it not suitable for the kids today?? Perhaps in fairness to the seniors whose social security you have reduced we should reduce educational spending to the inflation-adjusted equivalent of what was available when those seniors went to school??
This is a hard problem and we need to be creative and not vindictive.